Norðlingafljót

Distance from Reykjavík:

150km

Season:

15. June.- 31. August

Average size:

Arctic Char and Brown Trout 3 pounds

Number of rods:

4

Tackle:

Fly

Fishing equipment:

Single handed #4-7

The best flies:

Streamers, Nymphs, and dries

Lodging:

Camping or Álftakrókur cabin

Accessability:

Hard

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Norðlingafljót

Norðlingafljót is a large river that runs from just north of Langjökull glacier west for 70km where it merges with the Hvítá Glacier river. The river is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Iceland. Running through a lush heath and volcanic landscapes with towering glaciers and mountains in the distance. It runs in large parts through the Arnarvatnsheiði(“Eagle Lake Heath”, a large fishing area consisting of countless mountain lakes and streams).

The river holds a healthy stock of wild and native Brown Trout and Arctic Char. With common sizes of browns being in the 2-6 pound range and Chars between 2-4 pounds. The largest fish caught was a 13-pound brown trout. Parts of the river are easily accessible by 4×4 but some sections require extensive hiking to fish and the more anglers are willing to hike the more likely they are to be successful by reaching areas of the river that rarely get fished.

The only accommodations options near the river are sleeping bag accommodations at mountain huts like Álftakrók cabin which has running water and bathroom facilities. The other option would be camping along the river.

 

Note:

  • Fly Fishing only, strict catch and release.
  • Please log all fish in the logbook located in a mailbox at the bridge
  • Off-track driving is illegal
  • Veiðifélagið ber ekki ábyrgð v/tjóns sem búsmali veldur á ökutækjum.
  • The fishing area is from the source of the river down to Bjarnafoss waterfall..

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A Hidden Gem in the Highlands – The river Kaldakvísl is truly a hidden gem. Fished only by a select few, Kaldakvísl has now been made exclusively available only to the customers of Fish Partner. Words are unequal to the task of describing the landscape’s beauty. Diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics.
One of the best brown trout beats in the world – Villingavatnsárós (means the mouth of river Villingavatnsá) is one of the greatest brown trout beats in the world. The beat offers the opportunity to catch the giant ice age brown trout on small nymphs and dry flies. Streamers can also be strong. The beat is only fished with two rods and all brown trout shall be released. It is fly-fishing only.
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Accessability

  • Easy – Very little hiking required, easy for every one.
  • Modrate – Some hiking required.
  • Hard – Strenuous hiking require, good physical conditions required.
  • Mixed – Some easy access areas and others that require hiking.